Striker Wissam Ben Yedder got here off the bench to attain twice as Monaco beats last-place Dijon 3-0 to remain third within the French league on Sunday.
Fourth-place Lyon beats Angers 3-0 to stay one level behind Monaco within the chase for third and a slot within the Champions League qualifying rounds, though each groups are additionally preventing Paris Saint-Germain and Lille for the title itself.
Lille is three factors forward of second-place PSG, 4 forward of Monaco and 5 away from Lyon, with six video games remaining in essentially the most open championship race for a few years.
Netherlands ahead Memphis Depay scored twice for Lyon, which travels to Monaco early subsequent month.
While coach Niko Kovac’s constant Monaco has misplaced as soon as prior to now 20 video games total, Dijon endured a thirteenth straight defeat and appears doomed to relegation.
Following a dour first half, Kovac introduced on Ben Yedder and he was quickly tripped for a penalty within the forty eighth minute. Ben Yedder’s spot kick was saved however ahead Stevan Jovetic adopted as much as end from shut vary.
Ben Yedder netted within the 62nd when Dijon did not clear the ball correctly and Aleksandr Golovin despatched him by means of on purpose. He then added a late penalty to make it 3-0 and attain 17 league objectives. Only Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe has extra with 21.
Depay’s brace moved him onto 16 league objectives and 18 in 34 video games total in what could show to be his remaining video games with Lyon, after he nearly joined Barcelona through the offseason.
His first purpose got here within the twentieth, when he tucked residence the rebound after Brazil midfielder Lucas Paqueta’s shot hit the put up.
Depay’s second was very good as he latched onto Paqueta’s defense-splitting cross, then casually chipped the goalkeeper from the sting of the realm with distinctive method within the 82nd.
After a shaky begin, it proved a dominant efficiency from Lyon after some inconsistent type not too long ago.
Paqueta arrange ahead Karl Toko Ekambi within the thirty seventh, however the purpose was dominated out as a result of Paqueta dealt with the ball earlier than crossing it.
Toko Ekambi turned supplier three minutes later when he dribbled down the left and helped Paqueta to attain on the again put up within the fortieth.
Striker Islam Slimani thought he’d made it 3-0 within the 77th, however his purpose was dominated out as a result of Toko Ekambi was narrowly offside when he handed to him.
Fifth-place Lens had 5 gamers out with coronavirus for the house recreation in opposition to Lorient, however nonetheless gained 4-1.
Time is operating out for Nantes, which gained the final of its eight league titles 20 years in the past however is languishing in nineteenth after dropping 1-0 at Rennes.
Winger Martin Terrier netted early within the second half for seventh-place Rennes with an outstanding curling shot into the highest proper nook from the left of the penalty space.
Rennes is one level behind sixth-place Marseille however nonetheless 4 factors behind Lens within the chase for fifth and a Europa League spot.
Saint-Etienne is nearer to midtable after beating Bordeaux 4-1.
Playing in opposition to his former membership, Saint-Etienne winger Wahbi Khazri scored a hat trick after South Korea striker Hwang Ui-jo gave Bordeaux an early lead from the penalty spot. Saint-Etienne travels to PSG subsequent weekend.
Also Sunday, it was: Brest 1, Nimes 1; and Nice 0, Reims 0.
PSG gained 4-1 at Strasbourg on Saturday.